1. Yamaha MT-10


Yamaha’s MT-10 looks like a Transformer that was cast in a Terminator movie. It’s aggressive, organic styling with minimalist plastic looks almost as if it could be a garage build if not for its fine finish detailing. Powered by the latest generation R1 inline-Four and tweaked to deliver stronger low- and mid-range torque, the MT-10 is the latest entry in a chock-full category of impressive naked literbikes. Wanting to ride the bike goes without saying, but our real interest is seeing how well it stacks up against the Aprilia V4 Tuono 1100, BMW S1000R and KTM Super Duke R.

The MT-10 is outfitted with three power modes, a three-mode (plus “off”) traction control system, an assist and slipper clutch, and cruise control, while a quick-shifter is available as an option. The aluminum Deltabox frame is based on the R1’s current chassis but revised for the MT-10 to be better suited for a daily commuter than a track-focused sportbike. The 2016 Yamaha MT-10 will be available in Europe in Tech Black, Race Blu or Night Fluo colors. The gray Night Fluo color scheme with yellow wheels will also be offered on other select MT models. No official word yet on U.S. availability, but, for sure it’s coming here.